Injuries, Fatality in North Charleston Multi-Vehicle Collision
A 46-year-old South Carolina man was killed as the result of a multi-vehicle crash on I-26 near mile marker 187. Charleston Police reported that the crash was prompted by a tractor trailer, which rear-ended a Chevrolet Malibu, provoking a domino-type effect, causing multiple additional vehicles to be struck, including a van, Ford Ranger, Nissan Altima, and another tractor trailer. The 46-year-old man is said to have died at the scene, while other drivers suffered injuries. The Ford Ranger was reportedly forced off the road, and overturned following the impact. The driver of the Ford Ranger was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of their injuries. Officers stated that all individuals involved in the collision were wearing their seatbelts at the time. The South Carolina Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash in collaboration with the coroner’s office. They have not released any information on what they believe caused the crash initially.
Suing for Car Crash Injuries in South Carolina
If you have suffered an injury as a result of a car accident in South Carolina that was not your fault, you have avenues of legal recourse available to you, and an experienced personal injury lawyer can help you determine exactly which ones. South Carolina follows an at-fault model for negligence, meaning that after an accident, it must be determined who is at fault in order to determine who is liable for the damages. However, South Carolina follows a modified comparative negligence rule, meaning that the comparative fault of each party is considered. In order to succeed on a personal injury claim in South Carolina, an individual must show that they are less than 50% responsible for their own injuries. A jury will determine how much fault each party contributed to the occurrence of the accident and subsequent injuries by considering evidence, testimony, and witness statements.
To illustrate how this may work, if Driver A was driving distracted, while texting, and rear-ended Driver B, who had one brake-light out, a jury may determine that Driver A was 90% at fault for the crash, and Driver B was 10% at fault for the crash. If the jury determined that Driver B suffered $10,000 in damages as a result of the crash, Driver B would receive $9,000, or $10,000 minus 10%, proportionate to the amount of fault Driver B is said to have contributed to their own harm.
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